The CRF250L Owners thread

Discussion in 'Thumpers' started by joec63, Sep 4, 2012.

  1. SAPB

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    The more mounting points, the better. The rear pegs don't normally have a bunch of weight on them. Chris S, who bought a used CRF, rode around the southwest, then sold it, and returned to UK was having some racks custom made, can't find his post. http://www.wolfmanluggage.com/index.cfm?fuseaction=product.display&product_id=320
  2. RACINGTHESUN

    RACINGTHESUN Been here awhile

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    When I told the salesman I wanted to test ride one he asked why? He did this because he knows I am interested in the WR250R, and he knows that I really liked the test rode I took. I told him I wanted to be sure what bike I wanted and to really see if the little WR is worth $2000 more than the CRF. He quickly stated that the WR was not quite $2000 more, at least not the 2013 model. Well, after some arm twisting I got to ride the CRF. Really no arm twisting, the salesman didn't have a problem. The bike did have one whole mile on it when I left :rofl It was a 2014 and they had just got it the day before. Well, heard a lot of bad and good about the little red bike and had to find out for myself on a short little test ride. Here are the things I liked. The bike surprisingly had a little giddy up, and me being a very big fella at 260+. I don't expect it to have a lot of torque, it is a little 250. It still didn't seem to have as much giddy up as the Yamaha did. Really liked the height from the ground. I am almost 6ft tall, and the WR is just about too high. It would be interesting to see how it would do out in the tough riding areas with the Boulder size rocks everywhere. I mostly ride on Jeep Trails, and loved to take the DR650's up some narly stuff. I just don't know if the shocks on little red would handle the bumps. I believe the bottom after market protection would get the heck beat out of it. Still I liked how low little red sat. I did take it on a dirt rode, the same one as the WR, much to the salesman's dismay. Lucky I didn't find some mud:rofl The bike still feels light, even though it is considerably heavier than the WR. Note, I ride a KLR650, and trust me it is a pig in the dirt. I can't stand it. Big mistake buying that POS. Anyway, enough about Mulina, that is my KLR's name. The shocks left something to be desired. The bumps were not all that good. The seat is just as awful as the WR seat. Neither one impressed me. The vibration through the handlebars, even on the pavement was pretty noticeable. Keep in mind not nearly as bad as Mulina, but the little WR had virtually no vibration and that was also on the dirt road. It just seemed to sail right over the bumps. It seemed like I felt most of the bumps on the CRF. Keep in mind, I don't know if it was set up properly before I left. Can you adjust the suspension on little red? The very last thing was the brakes. I very nearly ran right into the back of a persons car at a light. It was a pretty quick stop. WTF? I mean my KLR stops better than little red. The brakes might not have been set up right, don't know. I let the salesman know about it when I got back. I was very wary, the rest of the test ride. Now the million dollar question. Is the WR worth $2000 more than little red? Well, I figured after all the upgrades to make the suspension as good as the WR, and the fact that the WR seems to have a better engine with more HP, no vibration through the handlebars, then I would have to say yeah. Of course we all know that every new vehicle is overpriced anyway, so what difference does it really make? Still $2000 is a lot of money. Still, will have to decide, and I am leaning towards getting it(WR). Maybe tomorrow.....Just though I would share my opinion, just in case anybody is on the fence about whether or not to get this bike. I know 7 miles and ten minutes is not a lot of time to properly evaluate a bike, but the problems I had with it were clearly evident in the little red ride. Everybody has different tastes, and mostly different riding styles. Most people would not ride little red in places that I like to ride. Remember the bad boulder strewn roads? Well, in that case little red would probably be ok, and you wouldn't want to pay $2000 extra for a more offroad worthy moto?
  3. SAPB

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    Already many comparisons to both bikes, even on ADV, search it. The brakes, it seems, have something sprayed on to keep the discs from rusting on the ship. Most have posted about this, really terrible for a while until you get them broken in.
  4. jab1026

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    LRP's braking is superb, powerful enough for a sudden stop.. When brandnew yes its not that good but after few kms you will feel how powerful it is...
  5. philosobrad

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    Just did Ophir 2 weeks ago aboard 2 CRFLs without incident. Did your buddy crash in the washout just down from the top of the pass?

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    RACINGTHESUN: Yup...rear brake breaks in slow. Seat re do is relatively cheap rear shock preload can be increased if that doesn't work a few folks here have gotten stiffer springs replacement shocks are pricey HOWEVER lowering down the nosebleed tall WR and getting the suspension right will not be inexpensive....my buddy has a WR and he's spent plenty on a different seat and suspension work...that's on top of the $2000 price differential I rode his back to back against my CRF....don't like the WR ergos at all....the power differential is not worth the $ differential
  8. ScootToots

    ScootToots Been here awhile

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    Just a couple notes of comparison to your experience on the test ride:

    Vibration: That's curious. One of the things I like about the CRF is the absence of vibration on the seat, the bars, you name it.

    Bad bolder strewn roads: Clyde (my CRF250L) and I have ridden lots of routes now that sound a lot like what you describe; steep, loose rock and bolder strewn with deep ruts crisscrossing at all angles thrown in for good measure. I find the bike handles it really well -- far better than I do :-).

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  9. BlueLghtning

    BlueLghtning Riding is my passion

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    We were headed from west to east over the pass. We were on that long climb before the trail turned right and hut that switch back and yeah I guess it was a wash out area with larger boulders that bit him.

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    Yep.....saw a Nissan Murano try to negotiate that spot without success.
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    Agree. Vibration ?
    It has to be the smoothest single I have ever ridden. Like an electric motor almost.
  12. Wargasm

    Wargasm Been here awhile

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    Vibrations?!?!? never felt a one when I was out for 7 hours on mine yesterday. That seat however is sadistic. Bicycle shorts helped a bit, but still had to stand for the last hour. Need a bigger tank as well, and more power, and better suspenders.........I may have outgrown this bike already.
  13. SAPB

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    Smooth, until you try to lug it at low RPM. Drop down a gear, back to normal. Yeah for a little thumper, very smooth indeed.
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    I'd say @ 260 pounds no matter what bike you buy you'll need to change the suspension for your weight, especially if you like riding knarley stuff. You can adjust the preload on the LRP, but it can't make up for your weight, and the rest of the suspension is not adjustable. A WR might have better stock suspension than the LRP, but it's still designed for an average rider around 180 pounds. It is a much taller bike, but with it being way under sprung for you the "rider sag" (measurement of sag with rider on it) brought it down to where the height seemed like a none issue it seems, but that's not where the bike should be riding at to get the most out of the suspension and handling.

    With a brand spanking new bike it's hard to evaluate what it will become, it gets smoother, more powerful and far better braking with some miles on it like folks have mentioned. There are lots of appropriate comparison threads, mostly with posts like yours from people who have briefly ridden both bike or come to their conclusions based on what's on paper or from reading what the stupid moto magazines write. In the end, at your weight I would figure in spending $$ on suspension and a seat no matter what bike you buy and the rest of the decision is personal.

    At the start of this thread I posted how to really search for various threads on the CRFL, might help folks looking for comparisons when trying to decide what bike to buy.

    http://www.advrider.com/forums/showthread.php?t=859691



    Here's a short video of the LRP on some rocky terrain, stock suspension and I weight about 180 with gear, a repost I know but this thread has grown quite a bit being the catch all place for any post relating to the LRP. :1drink
    It is more than capable in stock form to get pushed pretty hard IMO.




    <iframe src="http://player.vimeo.com/video/58411544?title=0&amp;byline=0&amp;portrait=0" width="1279" height="719" frameborder="0" webkitAllowFullScreen mozallowfullscreen allowFullScreen></iframe> <p><a href="http://vimeo.com/58411544">Death Valley Daze</a> from <a href="http://vimeo.com/lostrider">Lost Rider</a> on <a href="https://vimeo.com">Vimeo</a>.</p>
  16. joec63

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    r6realtor Been here awhile

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    I actually own both bikes(12 wr250r/14 crf250l) and my buddies both have 2013 crf's. I weigh about 185 pounds and the crf does great at least for my weight, but my one buddy that is about 230pounds and it does struggle just a tad bit more speed wise but does fine off road in the same conditions.
    Power wise the wr is far superior for sure, the wr can beat it by semi truck lengths in a drag but I do not take my wr offroad at all so I cant compare to much there, however, I do think the suspension stock is going to handle your weight better on the wr, you can just tell spring rate wise on the crf its much softer never mind the lack of adjustability.
    I have a buddy that is 250 6'-3" and he rides the crap out of his wr250r and beats it to death and he doesn't bottom it out at all.
    Also, I know hard to believe because both seats are not that great, I can ride hours longer on the crf than i can on the wr. The wr literally feels like a brick after just a few minutes.
    I still feel like the crf is a heck of a deal and would not hesitate to buy again, its not a power house but for me even though im used to the much faster wr the crf does fantastic in my opinion off/on road. Would I pay an extra $2000 for wr all over again, for me I just don't know? just that much more money that your going to take off road and beat up..for you what you may save up front on the crf you might spend on getting the suspension set up for your weight. The wr can also be lowered by an inch for free, but at 6' you should be fine.
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  18. RayMurdock

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    May I ask which mirrors you have mounted and do they use the stock mount hole? Nice surroundings btw! :)

    ( I have the $100+ Doubletake foldable mirrors, but I don't like the look of 'm )
  19. Wargasm

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    OK so I'm 245lb, 6'2". The CRF250L can haul me down the highway to work, but that's all it has, with the 13t sprocket anyway, there's no power in reserve and it slows down significantly on hills and strong headwinds. I've got fatbar conversion risers which add about an inch and high bend bars and it's still a wee bit short for me standing up off road. The suspension gets a real good work out on gnarly trails too, mind you I probably take it places I shouldn't, 4 wheeler trails in this area are well used and are usually nothing but huge rocks and deep mudholes, not ideal for an undersprung underpowered bike. Plus it's heavy for a 250cc dual sport and I'm saying this coming from big bore 80's muscle bikes, 500-600lb weight class. The weight makes it unweildy I find. I have no problems muscling it around, but that's due to years of heavy hard work rather than a light weight bike, I'm used to shifting large weight so I know how to do it with out wrenching my back out.

    If it's your first bike, if you intend to only ride fire roads/ mild single track, if you are going to use it for majority of on road or gravel road riding then it's a good bike. Power delivery isn't arm wrenching, it isn't so heavy as to need a winch if you dump it, but you'll have to be careful lifting it as you could easily find yourself in the middle of nowhere with a throw back. The ergos are fairly good, again I've only got muscle bikes to compare it too. The fuel tank is a pain in the ass, but it gets good mileage, but for any serious lengths you'll need to carry extra fuel.
    If however you have ridden dirt before, particularly MX, Enduro or the like then you'll most likely want more power and better components. Hoisting the wheel is still proving difficult, especially if you're already traveling at speed and want to pop the front for a puddle or the like. If you plan on tight technical-ish trail riding you'll want less weight and better suspension. I'm glad I invested in a good skid plate as it's getting bottomed quite a bit on rocks that I try hopping over.
    If what you're looking for is a bike that's a blast to run down twisty backroads at full chat, sight see on gravel and fire roads, travel at mild pace on mild trails then this is an excellent bike. It's budgeted oriented (cheap) in construction and cost. Service intervals are long on valves, oil changes are a breeze and it's made of steel, so if you drop it and crack a foot peg mount, which has now happened to me and seems to be quite common, then it's an easy fix. All around it's a great learner, inexperienced, mild to moderate paced bike.
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